UNM celebrates one year of being a tobacco-free campus

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The University of New Mexico has cracked down on smoking this past year to enforce its policy to be tobacco free. Now it’s celebrating one year of being a tobacco-free campus.

All forms of tobacco are prohibited on campus, including cigarettes, e-cigs and chewing tobacco.

It’s a policy that went into effect in August of last year.

If you are caught smoking on campus, student ambassadors will first try to educate violators about the hazards of tobacco.

Repeat offenders may be cited.

University officials say they surveyed 900 students and saw a decrease in students smoking over a year.

They say the tobacco use rate was more than 22 percent in 2017 and 13 percent in 2018.

They also say it’s because of the new policies. 

Tuesday, the university is celebrating the one year mark at a campus-wide event in the Student Union Building that starts at 11:30 a.m. 

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